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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Learn to make anything.

Mechanical engineering is essential to the design and manufacture of nearly every product in our modern world. From your first project on the CNC mill in the Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Prototyping Lab to the possibility of designing thermofluid systems for effective energy use in the Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory or expanding the capabilities of our NASA satellites and seafaring submersibles, you’ll have significant opportunities to put concept into practice, often working at the leading edge of the field.

Whether you get your B.S., Master's, or Ph.D in the department, you’ll develop your creative and technical skills from faculty members who’ve worked for industry giants and have received millions in support of their research.

We train our students to think across disciplines, while also solving very specialized problems. You’ll be prepared to work in research and development, product design, or materials engineering at top firms in and beyond the Bay Area.

Mechanical Engineering Seminar: Eliot Fried, Professor at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, presented a seminar “Finite-time singularity during the collision of two magnetic balls," on November 15, 2016.

In Memory of Dr. Mark Ardema: We are saddened to report that Mark Ardema, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical Engineering, has died at the age of 75. A world authority on dynamics, trajectory optimization, singular perturbation theory, game theory and hypersonic aircraft trajectories and structures, he served as department chair from 1986-98, after which he returned to the classroom to teach full-time. Mark retired at the end of 2007, he had served SCU and the department for over 20 years. Letters of condolence may be sent to the Ardema family in care of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


Tiny House Wins Big!                                                         

Oct 2016


SCU's rEvolve House team was named the champion of the inaugural Tiny House Competition in Sacramento! Santa Clara led the competition throughout the week in measured contests and on the final day of competition, they won six of the twenty sub-categories (day lighting, integrated lighting, interior design, best kitchen, best program, and best tour) and two of the four main categories (energy and communications).

Congratulations to faculty team leader Professor Tim Hight, student project leader JJ Galvin and the entire undergraduate team. Their hard work and dedication to this project over the past two years has been inspirational and a great credit to our beloved ​Papa Reites. He would be so very proud, as we all are.

Read more about the team's journey and news here:


Seniors Won 2nd Place in Best Paper Contest at IEEE GHTC Conference

Oct 2016

 Mechanical Engineering senior Kyle Pietrzyk (right) receiving the award

An interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineering and bioengineering seniors has won the second place in the Best Student Paper Contest for "Quantification of a Latex Aggluntination Assay for Bacterial Pathogen Detection in a Low-Cost Capillary-Driven Fluidic Platform" at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2016), Oct. 13-16 in Seattle, WA.

Congratulations to seniors Kyle Pietrzyk, Andy Ly, Andres Maldonado-Liu (mechanical engineering), Scott Fukuoka (bioengineering), and the faculty advisors Professor On Shun Pak (mechanical engineering) and Professor Unyoung Kim (bioengineering).

Chris Kitts and his team awarded NASA Group Achievement Award

 September 2016

Mechanical engineering faculty Professor Christopher Kitts, research associate Mike Rasay, and the Robotics Systems Lab student satellite mission control team are co-recipients of a NASA Group Achievement Award for their contributions to the Edison Demonstration of Smallsat Networks (EDSN) multi-satellite mission. SCU students, staff, and faculty were involved with mission analysis and engineering for the development of the 8-satellite EDSN mission for several years. The EDSN satellites launched in November 2015 and unfortunately were lost during a launch vehicle mishap. Two of the EDSN back-up satellites, however, were launched in 2016 and have successfully demonstrated several EDSN mission objectives. These two satellites are still being controlled by SCU students via the satellite mission control center in Guadalupe Hall.


Mohammad Ayoubi named an ASME Fellow

 September 2016

Professor Mohammad Ayoubi (mechanical engineering) has been named an ASME Fellow in recognition of his significant engineering achievements in dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles, curriculum development, and service to his professional society. Nominated by ASME members and fellows, an ASME member has to have 10 or more years of active practice, at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME, and have significant achievements in the field of engineering, according to the ASME website. This achievement is reserved for only 2.8% of ASME's 140,000 members.

With this honor, Ayoubi joins fellow mechanical engineering faculty who have been honored by ASME: Fellows Christopher Kitts and Godfrey Mungal, as well as Honorary Member Terry Shoup.